Q.1 The Oscar statuette is 13.5 inch tall and weighs 3.85 kegs. Its a figure of a knight with a sword standing on a reel of film with 5 spokes, representing the original branches of the Academy i.e. Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians. Now tell whats the colour of the Oscar award?
Q.2 The Oscar statuette is made of gold plated Britannium, an alloy of Tin, Antimony and Copper. But once it was made of plaster and presented to the winners. When and why? Though it was later replaced with the actual ones.
This was done in World War II in support of the effort of America and the demand of metals was huge that time for weapons.
Q.4 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), has almost 6000 voting members, who vote for various categories to choose the winners. A particular company has the responsibility to count the votes and keeping it secret till the last moment. Which is that company that audits this whole process.
Q.7 The Oscars have been postponed 3 times in history. Once in 1981 it was delayed by a day as there was an assassination attempt on then US president Ronald Reagan. Also in 1968 it was postponed by a few days as funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. and in 1938 it was delayed by a week due to floods in Los Angeles area. But in 2003 no foreign press was invited and the red carpet was just limited till the door of the auditorium. Why?
Just before the awards function day US army had invaded Iraq.
Q.9 Dudley Nichols refused Oscar in 1935 for best screenplay due to conflict between Writer's guild and Academy. In 1970 George Scott refused for the best actor's award and in 1972 Marlon Brando refused for Best Actor for the film "The Godfather" citing discrimination against native Americans by Hollywood and US. But there is one person who has won 4 Oscar awards and has neither accepted nor refused the award and always is MIA "Missing In Action" in Oscar functions?
George Bernard Shaw. He won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, and the 1938 Academy Award for Best Screenplay for the film adaptation of Pygmalion. Rest of the people were nominated for Oscar in addition to winning the Noble but they finally did not win the Oscar. In case of Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth was a 2006 Academy Award winning documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about Al Gore's campaign to educate people regarding global warming
A R Rahman for Best Score and Best Original Song for Slumdog Millionaire (2008). He was nominated twice in 2011 for Best Original song for 'If I Rise' and Best Original Score for "127 Hours" but did not win.
Q.22 Which director represented India for maximum number of times
Titanic and All About Eve have the record of maximum (14) Oscar nominations.
Katharine Hepburn has won 4 acting awards: Best Actress- Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1981). Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman, and Walter Brennan all have won 3 acting Oscar Awards.
Wings (1927) was the first movie to win an Osacr for the Best Picture. It was also the only silent movie to win.
Meryl Streep has been nominated 19 times and Jack Nicholson 12 times for Oscar awards.
Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" became the first film to win the top five categories; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. This was repeated by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1976 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1992.
The first colour movie to get the Oscar for Best movie was "Gone with the Wind"
Halle Berry is the only African American to win Best Actress category in Oscar awards.
Beatles have won only one Oscar and that was for the Best Score for "Let It Be" in 1970
The Turning Point and The Color Purple each with 11 nominations and not a single win.
George Clooney has been nominated in a record six Oscar categories )Actor, Supporting Actor, Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Adapted screenplay and he won in two of them. One for Best Picture "Argo" and the other for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana
Sandra Bullock is the only one to win a Razzie and Oscar in the same year. She won the Razzie for her performance in All About Steve on March 6, 2009, and was awarded the Oscar the following night for The Blind Side.